With the Four Foundations, asana practice becomes a fully authentic mindfulness practice, in essence no different than sitting or walking meditation.
Whatever kind of waves there are, the surfer still maintains his balance. He enjoys the challenging waves.
“When a bee hovers over a garden of varied flowers, what it beholds is not the difference between the flowers but the honey within them.”
“Awareness, breath and movement— that is Yoga!”
Before we can expect to have the clarity and presence of mind to respond in a mindful way to a challenging situation, or a string of them, we must build in ourselves a strong, balanced foundation.
The more oxygen you can handle, the stronger fire you’ll have in the belly to get things done during the day and go beyond the imprints from the past that have frozen folks in fear and inadequacy.
For most of us, a long-term relationship breaks our hearts and brings us to our knees at some point in our lives. Then we are compelled to seek a deeper source of connection that is not subject to so much change.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
The lesson I learned from all the great Masters was service; always serve, serve and serve.
Usually I hear Isvara pranidhana, dedication to God, presented as one of the paths, an option that one might choose according to his or her temperament. My reading of the Yoga Sutras and my personal experience indicate that Isvara pranidhana, along with the other yamas and niyamas, is more a prerequisite than an option.